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Summertime Sweet Tea Recipe for Your Family

Stay hydrated this summer with this delicious and easy Southern Sweet Tea recipe.

Summertime Sweet Tea Recipe for Your Family

A glass of cold sweet tea is just what the doctor ordered on a hot day, and with Stanley's 2-gallon Adventure Fast Flow Water Jug you can make plenty of tea to share. (Jessyca Sortillon photo)

With just a few ingredients and a large, well-built container, you can easily make and serve two gallons of ice-cold sweet tea at your next backyard get-together. Stanley's 2-gallon Adventure Fast Flow Water Jug is the perfect container to use for this sweet tea recipe. The jug's double-wall foam insulation will keep your tea cold for hours, and its high-flow spigot makes serving the tea a breeze.

Only want to make one gallon? No problem. Halve the ingredients in this recipe to make one gallon of tea.

Yield: 2 gallons
Prep time: 15 minutes
Brew time: 3-5 minutes


  • 2 gallons (or 32 cups) cold water
  • 32 regular tea bags (or 8 family size tea bags)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-2 lemons, sliced thin
  • Ice


  1. In a large pot, bring 16 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat. (Note: If you don’t have a large enough pot, you can boil the water in two separate pots.)
  2. Tie tea bags together and add them to the hot water. (If using two pots, split the tea bags evenly between the pots.)
  3. Let the tea steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea. Remove tea bags. Don’t steep your tea for too long (over 5 minutes) or it will have a bitter taste.
  4. Stir sugar into tea until it has completely dissolved.
  5. Pour tea mixture into a 2-gallon container. Add remaining 16 cups cold water; stir.
  6. Allow sweet tea to cool before pouring over ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon if desired.

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